Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline The Best in Sports & Sports Entertainment Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:27:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Coach Calipari Calls 2nd Unit in With Happy Dance (Video) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:27:47 +0000 Calipari

When you’re the #1 team in the country life can be grand. In the case of the Kentucky Wildcats who are 5-0 and is cruising to an easy win over UT- Arlington Calipari called in the second unit but couldn’t contain his happiness on the sidelines.

H/T Bleacher Report

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Donald Sterling Being Sued Over Bed Bugs at Rental Property Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:09:47 +0000 Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling is yet again in the news and this time he is being sued over a bed bug infestation in one of his many rental properties. According to TMZ who obtained the lawsuit a black man name Daryl Williams who was living in Sterling Reno country club apartment complex when the bed bug infestation took place complained to Sterling management company numerous times but was blown off. It is well documented how Sterling feels about black people and minority tenets. Williams and his family not only suffered from the infestation but were later evicted and now he is suing Sterling for emotional and physical injuries.

Hopefully Williams’s case is legit and he and his family can be reimbursed for the inconvenience and harm caused. Sterling might fight this case in court but with his sell of the Clippers for billions he should be able to settle this lawsuit quickly.

H/T TMZ Sports

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Swaggy P Gives Advice On How to Get a Woman Like Iggy (Video) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:04:14 +0000 Swaggy P gives advice on how to get a woman like Iggy

L.A. Lakers Nick Young collaborated with Forever21 to drop some knowledge on the love game. Swaggy talks about how he got Iggy Azalea, the do’s and don’t of social media game and more. Time to get your #WCW


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Manziel Brawl Gets Taiwanese Treatment (Video) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:48:17 +0000 Tomo News makes animation for Johnny Manziel brawl

Taiwanese animators at Tomo News put together a video of what they think really happened during the reported brawl that Johnny Manziel was involved in, according to a police report. This is quite strange to say the least.

Source: Tomo News

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College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings Recap Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:47:53 +0000 College Football Playoff Trophy

Top Four

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Florida State

4. Mississippi State

First Four Out

5. TCU

6. Ohio State

7. Baylor



After a fairly uneventful weekend of football we saw absolutely no movement at the top of the Top 25 rankings this week. The most excitement we saw within the Top 8 was Florida State. The Noles managed to escape with another close win against Boston College leaving their perfect record in tack as they head into their rivalry game with Florida. With rivalry games on the docket this week, things have potential to get very interesting with Alabama and Auburn squaring off in the Iron Bowl, Ole Miss and Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, and TCU’s trip to Austin could end up being must see TV after their close game against Kansas. One thing is for sure, records go out the window when rivals get together for their annual games, anything can happen. One thing worth noting, Boise State and Marshall both broke into the Top 25 this week for the first time after being shut out by the committee for several weeks. Both were long overdue for getting in despite not being in Power 5 conferences.

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Kobe Bryant has been noticeably fatigued in the second half of games this season, and the NBA star isn’t blind to it. Bryant has been struggling to find a balance to fix the issue and says he’s been making changes to his routine. He has days where his routine focuses on  ice baths and other days where he focuses on weight lifting targeting his lower body.

“The second half of games for me have been a struggle lately with my legs,” Bryant said. “My shot’s just been really short even though my legs feel good.”

At the same time, he said there was a need to be “working on my legs a little bit, getting them stronger.

“It’s a fine balance at 36, trying to find the rhythm of strengthening your legs as the season goes on without wearing them out. We’re in uncharted territory in terms of trying to figure this out, but we will.”

Bryant clearly sees his age is catching up to him. He’s shooting just 38.1% from the field and the Lakers have won just 3 games this season. It has to be frustrating for Bryant to see his career coming to an end, but facing the harsh reality may be the best thing for him, and the Lakers organization as well.

[h/t LA Times]

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Report: Braxton Miller to Transfer to Oregon Next Year Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:23:14 +0000 Braxton Miller

Of course, nothing is confirmed, but where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. We will see what Braxton Miller decides to do with his eligibility, but it appears that Buckeyes fans are buying into JT Barrett. Miller would make a nice fit at Oregon.

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Can Dennis Siver Upset Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 59? (Video) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:20:09 +0000 mcgregor-vs-siver-featured

One thing stands between Conor McGregor and a UFC title shot, Dennis Siver.

With Cub Swanson losing to Frankie Edgar this past weekend, the door is open for Conor McGregor to get a title shot this summer. He’s already antagonized champion, Jose Aldo, and still refuses to correctly pronounce his name.  Conor wasn’t shy about wanting the title fight during the UFC’s ‘Time is Now’ press conference:

Dennis Siver was none-to-thrilled with Conor’s antics and he is the only one that can keep McGregor from a title shot this summer. They are scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night 59 on January 18th in Boston. If McGregor wins then he’s set for a mega-fight this summer with Jose Aldo, but if he loses the featherweight division is thrown for a loop and Frankie Edgar takes the spot of #1 contender.

McGregor will have to justify the hype and all of his talk in January and prove that he’s worth the hype.

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Ex-NFL Fred Smoot Says Bitter Ex Made Up DV Charges Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:18:21 +0000 Fred Smoot Mugshot

Former NFL CB Fred Smoot was arrested on Sunday in DC for domestic violence when his girlfriend, Valerie Jackson claimed he beat her up after she exposed him for using Viagra and having empty boxes of condoms. Jackson posted photos of her bruises and text message conversations allegedly between her and Smoot to air all the dirty laundry to the public.

However, Smoot is lashing back, and he says that Jackson is just a bitter ex-girlfriend that he kicked to the curb a month ago. According to Smoot, Jackson is trying to defame his character in an attempt to get revenge for the breakup.

Former Washington Redskins corner back Fred Smoot claims his “disgruntled” ex-girlfriend concocted domestic violence allegations against him in retaliation for him ending their relationship. 

Smoot’s lawyer tells TMZ Sports the ex “has elected to engage in a campaign to defame Fred and ruin him both personally and professionally.” 

The lawyer says Smoot broke things off with his accuser a month ago and that’s why she made up this story.

[h/t TMZ]

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Richard Sherman Taunts NFL in Press Conference (Video) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:49:16 +0000 Richard Sherman Press Conference

Last week the NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $100K for refusing to speak to the media. Lynch’s teammates, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin, decided that they would use a press conference to taunt the NFL for several of their rules that they don’t necessarily agree with.

It will be very interesting to see how the NFL responds to Sherman’s antics. I can’t imagine that it will end well for Sherman.

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Kobe on Lakers: We’re Not a 3-11 Team Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:47:59 +0000 Kobe Face

Some would say they are worse than that, but I digress.

Watching Kobe this season is like watching a once great boxer fight well past his prime, while there are still flashes of brilliance, it is a little tough to see him get beat up every round.

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Paul Pierce Gives Celtics Fan Autograph During Wizards Game (Video) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:24:03 +0000 Paul Pierce Autograph

In all fairness to Paul Pierce, there was about one minute left in the game and the Wizards were already up by 11 points over the Bucks. However, there was still a game going on while this doe-eyed Celtics fan approached Pierce to autograph her sneakers, and Pierce obliged.

[h/t Sporting News]

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Maidana Wants Garcia, Thurman, or Berto For Next Fight Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:23:03 +0000 Mayweather-Maidana-Arrival-2

Marcos Maidana seemingly disappeared since his September loss to Floyd Mayweather, but his 2015 plans are to get back on the boxing radar.

Maidana has been working closely with boxing advisor Al Haymon to secure a huge fight in April or May. His list of opponents are lofty and include some of the best fighters in the welterweight division. It’ll be interesting if his two fights with Floyd have given him a big enough name to entice Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman into a fight.

Here’s what Maidana’s manager had to say abut his future plans:

“There is no big news for now. Marcos is resting after an intense 10 months of fights and six months away from his family and a new baby born. I think that he deserves to rest a little bit. He’s entitled to that,” said Maidana’s manager, Sebastian Contursi. He added that Maidana has been spending time with his family, including his daughter, Emilia, who was born in March.

“I had a meeting with Al Haymon last week and we were just talking. There are a lot of big names out there for Marcos, given that he is with Al Haymon,” said Contursi. I didn’t mention anyone in particular and there are no dates; there is nothing firm or planned or no fight so far but when the opportunity arises, we will know.”

“There’s Danny Garcia, Andre Berto, Amir Khan, Devon Alexander, Keith Thurman. You know, all of them are there and next year, all of them could be potential opponents for Marcos.”

Who would you want to see Maidana fight next? Are boxer’s like Thurman and Garcia out of Maidana’s class?

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Aaron Hernandez Double Murder Trial Delayed Until May Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:15:30 +0000 aaron-hernandez-murder-venue-thacover2

Aaron Hernandez will get a short break in between murder trials.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has agreed to delay the Boston double murder trial of former NFL star until May 28. Hernandez will first faces a January 9 murder trial where he is accused of shooting Odin Lloyd.

A pool of more than 1,500 prospective jurors will have to be whittled down to 16 — 12 jurors and four alternates — and more than 300 people are listed as possible prosecution witnesses in the Bristol case, leading Hernandez’s lawyers to argue that the trial could take longer than expected.

“If [prosecutors] really call all those people, we’re going to be in Bristol for two or three months,” said Charles Rankin, one of Hernandez’s lawyers, in court Tuesday. “That would make it impossible for us to be ready by May 28.”

Judge Jeffrey Locke agreed that the complexity of the Bristol case will make it difficult for defense attorneys to devote enough attention to the Suffolk case — Hernandez is accused of killing two men in Boston in 2012.

“The motion to continue is not at all unreasonable,” Locke said.

Rankin asked for a November 2015 trial date but Locke declined to commit to a specific date in case the trial in Bristol ends sooner than defense attorneys predict.

If the trial ends quickly, the Suffolk case could still begin as early as September or August, Locke said.

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Pacquiao Saved Millions Fighting in China Instead of US Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:12:13 +0000 Manny Pacquiao vs Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao has had his  run-ins with Uncle Sam, so I’m sure he’s smiling from ear-to-ear after he receives his checks from his fights in China.

According to Forbes, Manny saved millions in taxes by fighting in Macau, China instead of Las Vegas.

Forbes reported Pacquiao won $23 million when he defeated Algieri Sunday, and thanks to much lower tax rates in both China and his home country of the Philippines than in the States, he’ll get to keep more than 60 percent of it. Even if his earnings are taxed in China at 12 percent, and the Philippines at 20 percent, he’ll save more than $2 million, because the IRS could have taken up to 39.6 percent.

His promoter, Bob Arum, told USA Today avoiding the IRS was a factor in his decision to fight in China Sunday. Arum said, “We are talking millions of dollars he can save.”

I doubt Manny and HBO boxing can survive off of just gate revenue, because the US market isn’t going to continue to pay $60 to watch a mediocre fight card.

Until that happens though, Manny will be singing (see the video below) and laughing all the way to the bank.

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Judge Rules Redskins Can Sue Native Americans Over Trademark Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:09:05 +0000 Redskins

The issue of the Redskins name has taken an interesting twist. Judge Gerald Lee of US District Court in Alexandria has ruled that the Redskins team has the right to sue a group of Native Americans over trademark rights.

Earlier this year, the Redskins were stripped of their trademark rights by the US Patent & Trademark Office because Native Americans found the name offensive. In a turn of events, the latest ruling by Judge Gerald Lee appears to be a step back for Native Americans diligently trying to get the team to change their name. Here are the details for the judge’s ruling.

Judge Gerald B. Lee of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria rejected an attempt by a group of Native Americans to dismiss the team’s lawsuit against them.

The Redskins filed suit in the summer after the activists won a major ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this year. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board said the team could not retain its trademark protections because so many American Indians find the team’s name offensive. The team said it needed to sue the Native Americans to overturn the patent and trademark board’s decision.

The activists argued last month in court that the team should have brought the case against the Patent and Trademark Office’s director — not them. They argued that they have no economic interest in vying for the trademarks like a rival business might, and therefore aren’t a legitimate party that can be sued in federal district court.

But Lee said Tuesday that the five Native Americans — led by Amanda Blackhorse, an Arizona-based social worker from the Navajo Nation — are indeed the people the Redskins should have sued.

“Merely pointing out that [the Native Americans] have not used the registered marks and have no legal or economic interest in the marks does not absolve them of any interest in the case,” he wrote.

Lee said the Native Americans’ “personal stake” in the case makes them a proper target for a lawsuit.

He said that because the activists had proper standing to petition the trademark appeal board, they also are appropriate defendants in a lawsuit that seeks to review the board’s rulings. 

The Native Americans “were the sole representatives on behalf of the petition for cancellation, were listed as the adverse parties, and were heavily involved in the proceedings” before the trademark appeals board, Lee said, noting that they had produced 7,000 pages of evidence in the case and sat for multiple depositions. “Based on these facts, [the Native Americans] are clearly adverse parties.”

Lee also said that if he had dismissed the case, the order would have deprived the Redskins of any chance to appeal the board’s decision.

Neither the group of Native Americans nor the Redskins team have made a comment regarding the judge’s decision.

[h/t Washington Post]

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Aaron Rodgers Says He’s Been Drinking Grape Soda for 7 Yrs Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:40:16 +0000 Aaron Rodgers Grape Crush

I’ve never seen Grape Crush soda anywhere near Aaron Rodgers at any point, especially during a postgame presser, but Rodgers insists he’s been a long time lover of purple soda. After the Packers beat the Vikings this past weekend, Rodgers took a delightful sip of Grape Crush during his postgame presser. The NFL has strict policies on product placement, and Grape Crush is not one of their sponsors.

Vikings fans went crazy insisting that Rodgers was being a troll, but Rodgers has a message for his haters. He claims he’s been  been enjoying Grape Crush for “[s]even years to all the idiots trolls out there.” Well, he’s been a master at hiding his love of Grape Crush until now. Interestingly enough, this is Rodgers 7th year starting for the Packers. Sips tea.

[h/t Next Impulse Sports]

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Colin Kaepernick Thinks Jim Harbaugh Will Return To 49ers In ’15 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:23:35 +0000 kaepernick-harbaugh-return

Jim Harbaugh and his future is the No. 1 topic around the 49ers organization.

No one knows for certain what the fiery coach will do, and people certainly don’t like answering questions about his status with the team on a daily basis.

Colin Kaepernick was asked on Tuesday if he had a gut feeling about what Harbaugh will choose to do.

“I think he’ll be back,” Kaepernick told reporters.

So why does Kaepernick believe that about Harbaugh?

“His resume,” Kaepernick said.

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Ex-NFL Aeneas Williams in Ferguson Boarding Up Windows (Photos) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:20:40 +0000  

Aeneas Williams

After the announcement was made that Officer Darren Wilson would be charged with no crime in the shooting death of unarmed teen Mike Brown, rioting and looting ensued in the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Today, former NFL star Aeneas Williams has made his way to Ferguson to aid in boarding up windows and doors of local businesses that were casualties of the chaos.

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Minnesota G Daquein McNeil Suspended After Arrest For Choking GF (Mugshot) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:27:20 +0000 daquien-mcneal-minn

Minnesota sophomore guard Daquein McNeil was arrested Monday night on domestic assault charges and has been suspended indefinitely from the team, according to reports.

The details of the incident have started to emerge and they are gruesome.

According to the report, police picked up McNeil after his girlfriend called 911 and alleged that he “ripped her clothes off, beat her with a belt and choked her.”

Athletics director Norwood Teague made the following statement.

“We are currently gathering information and cooperating with the authorities,” he said. “This athletics department values respect and positively impacting the lives of others and will not tolerate any form of domestic assault from its staff or student-athletes.”

The sophomore has appeared in four games this season, averaging 3.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 18.8 minutes per game.

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